Animal Planet brings you pet-centric programming this January

Loved; abused; misunderstood. Animal Planet delves into the world of pets and their – sometimes unlawful – owners this January with a host of hard-hitting new programs.

Kicking off the month is the latest special in the undercover series, AP INVESTIGATES: GANG DOGS, and Season 2 of the heartwarming docu-drama PITBULLS & PAROLEES returns to transform pit bull stereotypes and repair their tarnished reputations.

Then, from the producers of the hit series INTERVENTION, comes the all-new program, CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING; and for an intimate look at the lives of some of America’s most extreme animal owners, catch DANGEROUSLY DEVOTED.

Finally, launching this month on Animal Planet comes “Family Feature Saturdays” at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT beginning with Dr. Dolittle on January 8, Man From Snowy River on January 15, and Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog on January 22.

 

Programming highlights for Animal Planet in January include:

 

NEW SPECIALS

 

AP INVESTIGATES: GANG DOGS

Sunday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Though dogs have been known for centuries as man’s best friend, gang-members treat them like petty thugs. In this one-hour special watch as gangs across America corrupt young pups, turning them into lean, mean killing-machines to guard their drug stashes, protect them from rival gangs and intimidate the public. Gang dogs are forced to pay for their own survival by gambling their lives in street-alley dogfights or through the horrific practice of “trunking.”

 

DANGEROUSLY DEVOTED

Friday, January 28 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

This one-hour special provides a gripping and intimate look at the lives of some of America’s most radical animal owners. Facing life crises because of their extreme affection for their pets, DANGEROUSLY DEVOTED features a woman facing eviction who has over 200 dogs and a man who left his family for a cargo van full of reptiles and other animals.

 

NEW SERIES

 

CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 7

Animal hoarding is defined as the compulsive need to possess and control animals – and often includes acquiring a high and unmanageable number of them. This all-new 10-part series takes an unflinching, honest look at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological condition.

 

RETURNING SERIES

 

NATURAL WORLD

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 5

This classic BBC wildlife series tells in-depth stories of incredible animals, featuring award-winning photography in some of the most extraordinary places in the world. Eight new one-hour episodes featuring “The Dolphins of Shark Bay,” “Million Dollar Otter,” “Radio Gibbon” and “Chimp-Cam” return to Animal Planet beginning this January.

 

PITBULLS AND PAROLEES

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6

In the middle of nowhere, 200 pit bulls meet six convicted felons on a life-saving journey for a last chance at redemption in Season 2 of this fiery 12-part series. At the centre of it all is one extraordinary woman – Tia Maria Torres – who devotes her days and nights to giving the underdogs of the canine and human worlds a second chance.

 

FAMILY FEATURE SATURDAYS

 

Dr. Dolilttle

Saturday, January 8 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

A workaholic doctor estranged from his family – played by Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor and Shrek) – rediscovers his ability to communicate with animals, which turns his life upside down and ultimately enables him to mend his ways before he loses everything that’s dear to him.

 

Man From Snowy River

Saturday, January 15 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

This coming-of-age story centres on a mountain boy orphaned when his father is killed by a falling tree in a horse stampede and sent to a cattle ranch to earn his keep.

 

Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog

Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Washed ashore in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest after a storm at sea separates him from his father, 11-year-old Angus Mccormick has only his wiles and a trusted canine friend with which to survive.

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